Elon administers first COVID-19 vaccine doses on campus

About 200 doses were available to those who have difficulty accessing public distribution sites.

Elon University’s School of Health Sciences was the site of Elon’s first on-campus vaccination clinic on March 12. The university was allocated a small supply of vaccine from Piedmont Health Services and the Alamance County Health Department to serve targeted campus faculty/staff populations. This included individuals who are unable to navigate online appointment systems and those who would have difficulty accessing other vaccine distribution sites in the area.

The vaccination clinic was set up in the new nursing education suite in the Francis Center, headquarters of Elon’s School of Health Sciences. The university’s Infectious Disease Response Team coordinated the setup, which was staffed by qualified campus staff members who meet training standards for vaccine administration.

This first clinic sets the stage for a potential larger campus vaccination effort, should the university receive additional vaccine supplies. Elon has been approved by the state to host vaccine distribution for the campus and the general public in the region. If a supply of doses becomes available, Elon will announce details and activate a registration system.

In the meantime, Elon students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to seek out off-campus vaccination opportunities whenever and wherever they are available. The Ready & Resilient website maintains a webpage with links to many different vaccination distribution points in the region.

All Elon faculty, staff and student employees are now eligible to receive the vaccine. As of April 7, all other students who live in group housing arrangements, including campus residence halls and off-campus group apartments will be eligible.